The Department of Ukrainian Folklore Studies named after Academician Filaret Kolessa

  • About the Department
  • History of the department
  • Employees
  • Teaching materials
  • Lecturers' schedule
  • News


Chairperson, Professor (by-worker)Vasyl IvashkivChairperson, Professor (by-worker)
ProfessorIryna DovhaliukProfessor
Associate ProfessorVOVCHAK AndriiAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorUliana ParubiyAssociate Professor
Senior Department SecretaryOksana ShumeikoSenior Department Secretary
Department SecretaryOksana KobasiarDepartment Secretary

Lecturers' schedule

Teaching materials

  1. Ukrainska folklorystyka. Slovnyk-dovidnyk / Ukladannia i zahalna redaktsiia Mykhaila Chornopyskoho. Ternopil: Pidruchnyky i posibnyky, 2008. 448 s./Ukrainian Folklore Studies. Handbook Dictionary / Conclusion and general editing by Mykhailo Chernopyskyi. Ternopil: Textbooks and teaching aids, 2008. p.448.
  2. Pidhorna L. M. Folklorystychni kontseptsii Mykoly Kostomarova. Teksty lektsii. Lviv, Vydavnychyi tsentr LNU imeni Ivana Franka, 2008. 72 s./ Pidhorna L. M. Folkloristic Concepts of Mykola Kostomarov. Texts of lectures. Lviv, Publishing Center of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, 2008. P.72.
  3. Harasym Ya. I. Narysy do istorii ukrainskoi folklorystyky: navchalnyi posibnyk. Kyiv: Znannia, 2009. 301 s./ Harasym Ya. I. Essays on the History of Ukrainian Folkloristics: Textbook. Kyiv: Znanie, 2009. p.301.

  1. Vovchak Andrii, Dovhaliuk Iryna. Dokumentuvannia folklornoi tradytsii. Zasady orhanizatsii i provedennia folklorystychnoho polovoho doslidzhennia, transkrybuvannia y arkhivuvannia zibranoho folklornoho materialu: Metodychni rekomendatsii dlia studentiv filolohichnoho fakultetu (napriam pidhotovky 6.020303 – filolohiia: ukrainska mova ta literatura) / Vydannia druhe, dopovnene. Lviv, 2015. 52 s./ Vovchak Andrii, Dovhaliuk Iryna. Documenting Folklore Tradition. Fundamentals of Organizing and Conducting Folkloristic Field Research, Transcribing and Archiving the Collected Folklore Material: Methodological Guidelines for Students of the Faculty of Philology (area of specialization 6.020303 – Philology: Ukrainian language and literature) / Second edition, supplemented. Lviv, 2015. p.52.

  1. Chornopyskyi M. H. Poetychnyi svit dytynstva. Ukrainska narodna slovesnist (Folklor). Khrestomatiia / Mykhailo Chornopyskyi. Ternopil: Vyd-vo «Pidruchnyky i posibnyky», 2016. Vyp. I. 175 s./ Chornopyskyi M. H. The Poetic World of Childhood. Ukrainian Folk Literature (Folklore). Textbook/ Mykhailo Chornopyskyi. Ternopil: Textbooks and Manuals Publishing House, 2016. Issue I. p.175.
  2. Sokil H. Obriadovyi folklor ukraintsiv: navchalnyi posibnyk. Lviv, 2018. 138 s./ Sokil H. Rite folklore of Ukrainians: Textbook. Lviv, 2018. p.138.

History of the department

The Department of Ukrainian Folklore Studies named after Academician Filaret Kolessa is a leading educational and research folklore centre in Ukraine.

The Department was established at the Faculty of Philology of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 1990.  The teaching staff and students develop the university traditions of Ukrainian Folklore Studies, started by the Department of Oral Literature of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Ukrainian (Secret) University in Lviv (1921–1923) and continued by the Department of Folklore Studies and Ethnography of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (1939–1947).

When the major “Folklore Studies” was introduced at the Department in 1995, an educational complex for scholarly, theoretical and practical training of specialists in Folklore Studies was gradually established in which an important place was given, in particular, to the collection of information: the formation of knowledge and skills of folkloristic work in the course of field research. Today the Department trains specialists of three educational degrees (Bachelors, Masters, PhDs) in the area of specialization “Folklore Studies” (“Ukrainian Folklore Studies”).

The teaching staff of the Department conducts a wide range of theoretical, methodological and practical research in the field of Folklore and Folklore Studies: the history of folklore, the history of ethnomusicology, the theory and poetics of folklore, the problems of folklore genres, modern trends in the development of folklore, documenting folklore traditions, Ethnoorganology, problems of interaction of folklore and literature. The Department actively organizes national and international conferences.

The Department is a center of educational and research folklore institutional complex which includes the Laboratory of Folklore Research (founded in 2010), Scientific Library of the Department, Folklore Archive of the Department of Ukrainian Folklore Studies (since 2004), Electronic Archive of Ukrainian Folklore (since 2014).

The Department maintains close ties with ethnographic centers of Austria, Canada, Poland, Slovakia, and the USA.

PhD position for the Research Initiative on Post-Soviet Space

23.05.2024 | 14:40

PhD scholarship opportunity at the University of Melbourne:
the Arts Faculty’s Research Initiative on Post-Soviet Space is inviting applicants to undertake a PhD by research. Proposals may be related to Soviet and post-Soviet history, memory studies in post-Soviet space, or Ukrainian Studies.
Deadline for applications: 10 June 2024

Project Summary
The Research Initiative on Post-Soviet Space (RIPSS) invites prospective applicants with an interest in projects aligned with our research focus to submit an Expression of Interest for a PhD.
Project proposals are invited from a...

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Halyna Kruk: “Poetry can be a part and manifestation of a civic position as well…”

13.05.2024 | 14:45

Amelia M. Glaser, Yuliya Ilchuk, and Halyna Kruk, who are shortlisted for A Crash Course in Molotov Cocktails (Arrowsmith Press).

“I try to sit down and write in the mornings before my teaching and meetings begin — even if it’s just a half hour of putting new thoughts into words. Once I have done that, in the afternoon and evening I indulge myself in translating. Translation has always been a way of reading deeply and focusing my thoughts around language. It’s...

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The Grand Futurological Congress

06.05.2024 | 14:41

We live in a volatile and elusive world where the future is difficult to envision as anything other than crises, disasters, and unprecedented change. Such a situation can make one feel perplexed, powerless, and disheartened. It’s increasingly challenging to think comprehensively. It’s becoming more difficult to make long-term plans and carry them out together. It’s even more challenging to look into the future at all. But literature helps us do that.
To show how we’ve convened a five-night Grand Futurological Congress...

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17.04.2024 | 13:35

We invite you to participate in the III International Multidisciplinary Student Internet Conference
which will be held on May 16, 2024
Postgraduates, undergraduates, students of Ukrainian and foreign higher education institutions are invited to participate in the conference!
The conference will focus on the following areas:
1. Philology.
2. History.
3. Ethnology.
4. Culture and arts.
5. Pedagogy.
6. Philosophy.
7. Psychology.
Please fill out the application form below by May 2, 2024, and send your abstract to by May 9, 2024 (requirements and a sample of...

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Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series

28.03.2024 | 22:50

In 2017, Christine Holbert (publisher) and Grace Mahoney (series editor) established the Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series. The series features dual-language editions of poetry from Ukraine’s most significant poets operating in the contemporary context. These critically-acclaimed and award-winning books showcase the diversity of poets who write from a range of geographies, poetic perspectives, and literary movements. Of critical importance is the fact that many of the poems featured in this series meditate on the significance of Ukraine’s independence and the positionality of...

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